The most beautiful way to keep mosquitoes away from your home and garden… and almost all of them are edible too!
The following 14 common garden plants are both aesthetically and aromatically appealing to humans, while sending mosquitoes and other pesky bugs “running” for the hills.
Most of them are edible and/or medicinal.
Plant them near your doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering your home. Some of them can also be rubbed directly onto your skin or added into a homemade spray repellent.
The aroma of lavender may be pleasant and relaxing to humans, but mosquitoes can’t stand it. If you’re going out for a walk in the evening, rub the plant onto your skin to release the oils.
Beebalm, or horsemint, gives off a strong odor that confuses and prevents mosquitoes from smelling us. Meanwhile it attracts butterflies and bees. It’s also delicious and medicinal.
These beautiful purple flowers are so effective in repelling mosquitoes that some people crush their leaves and keep them in their pockets.
Geraniums have a lemon-scented smell that repels mosquitoes, and have the double benefit of beautifying your garden.
Avoid this one if you have a dog though, as they are mildly toxic to dogs.
Dab a few drops of this essential oil on your skin before heading out, and let the plant keep the bugs away from your home and yard.
14. The Mosquito Plant
Known as the mosquito plant, citrosum is believed to be just as effective as lemongrass in repelling blood-sucking insects.
Crush the leaves and put them in your pocket or rub them on your skin.